Wings Over Frisco (Beatles Master Works BMW-015A/B)
Cow Palace, San Francisco, CA – June 13th, 1976
Disc 1 (67:25): Venus & Mars, Rock Show, Jet, Let Me Roll It, Spirits of Ancient Egypt, Medicine Jar, Maybe I’m Amazed, Call Me Back Again, Lady Madonna, The Long And Winding Road, Live And Let Die, Picasso’s Last Words, Richard Corey, Bluebird, I’ve Just Seen A Face, Blackbird, Yesterday
Disc 2 (65:01): You Gave Me The Answer, Magneto & Titanium Man, My Love, Listen To What The Man Said, Let ‘Em In, Time To Hide, Silly Love Songs, Beware My Love, band introduction, Letting Go, Band On The Run, Hi Hi Hi, Soily
The final week of Wings’ only tour of the US ended with two shows in San Francisco, one in San Diego, on in Tucson Arizona and three in Los Angeles. Wings Over Frisco documents the first of these dates at the Cow Palace in San Francisco.
The audience utilized is very good but thin and contains several cuts between some of the songs, one at the very beginning of “I’ve Just Seen A Face” and one in “Listen To What The Man Said” during the saxophone solo. Four songs, “Let Me Roll It,” “Maybe I’m Amazed,” “Silly Loves Songs” and “Soily” were included on the 3LP live compilation Wings (Wizardo WRMB 505) released in 1976.
BMW is the only label to press the show onto silver disc and to present the show in its entirety. They used some mastering by boosting the volume and did a good job with no negative “metallic” residue found on many releases by the label.
July 13th is the first show after the massive Seattle show on July 10th which was filmed for their concert movie Rock Show. There is a tremendous amount of excitement and enthusiasm on both sides of the stage, from both the band and audience starting in the build up to “Venus & Mars.” In fact, very rare amateur footage from the second shows shows how excited San Francisco was to hear Wings.
Paul welcomes everyone to their own city San Francisco before “Let Me Roll It.” He seemed to have some kind of difficulty with the greeting on this tour by welcoming the audience to their own city. Nevertheless the show continues with powerful versions of “Medicine Jar” and “Maybe I’m Amazed.”
“Lady Madonna” is something “from the mists of time. If there’s anyone here over twelve, they should be alright” Paul assured the crowd. The song is followed by a short reprise of the main theme, a little gag he pulled in these shows.
“My Love” is for all the lovers in the Cow Palace, “lovers of cows” Paul quips. The Speed Of Sound set by the end is very well received by the audience. This evening’s performance of “Silly Love Songs” is nearly perfect in the complicated three-part harmonies. It’s obvious why it was chosen for the vinyl bootleg.
“Band On The Run” closes the show. The taper leaves the recording running for the entire encore set, so there is several minutes of cheering between “Hi Hi Hi” and “Soily.” In this interlude you can hear the taper’s girlfriends speaking about wetting her pants and how the cheering strokes the band’s egos. Hearing strange comments like this is almost as entertaining as the music itself since we get a glimpse into how the band was received on a certain night.
There are many documents from the Wings Over America tour that are better sounding than this and are worth having. However, this is an exciting concert in very good sound and is a good change of pace form the more commonly heard shows from this tour. The front design with the Venus And Mars motif is also aesthetically pleasing.